Learn the ins and outs of disaster planning and response.
Launched as the nation’s first homeland security and emergency preparedness program in 2005, we prepare students to manage the complexities of disaster planning and response.
Alumni often work in private and public-sector jobs related to emergency management, security or crisis planning, or pursue graduate study in fields such as government, international affairs, law enforcement, policy planning and law.
The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs of Virginia Commonwealth University was ranked “Best in the Southeast” among Intelligent.com’s Top 52 Homeland Security Degrees. Learn more.
Our programs were also featured on the 2020 Best Online Colleges for Value rankings!
Gain knowledge and skills in emergency planning/management principles and practicalities, the nature and effects of natural disasters, domestic and foreign terrorist threats to the U.S., and ethical and constitutional issues related to terrorist prevention tactics.
This online program equips you with theoretical and practical knowledge related to security and preparedness issues addressing all hazards, including terrorist threats and natural disasters.
Our online certificate program helps you develop managerial competencies in the homeland security and emergency preparedness field. Courses with grades of “B” or better are fully transferable to the master’s program.
The homeland security and emergency preparedness minor requires 18 credits and allows you to gain theoretical and practical education in the field.
“The curriculum and professors are first class. They encourage you to develop intellectually while providing the tools you need to best serve your community.”— Rachel Heinig, M.A., Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, 2015, Sergeant, Special Operations Group, Henrico County Police Division